Big Sam calm after first-leg win

Sam Allardyce was remaining calm, despite seeing his West Ham United side take a 2-0 npower Championship Play-Off semi-final first-leg lead at Cardiff City.

Big Sam pointed out the job of getting to the final is only half-done after Jack Collison's brace put the Hammers in charge of the tie in south Wales.

The manager instead said his team would re-focus and prepare for Monday's second leg at the Boleyn Ground.

Sam, it's only half-time but we are going in at half-time 2-0 up after a fantastic away performance again?

SA - We came here a few weeks ago and gave a good performance then but Thursday was an outstanding performance. If you look at it overall we could've had more goals then we scored, but 2-0 is a fantastic scoreline away from home in a Play-Off semi-final first leg.

But it's far from over. Nerves and tension will play a part in the home game. We have got a nice result and we scored some fantastic goals. Not conceding was very important to us because that would have lifted them and give them some momentum going into Monday's game. We got that all important clean sheet. I said to the lads before the game 'If we get a clean sheet, when was the last time we failed to score away from home?'.

You must have been pleased with the way your team dealt with Cardiff's threat throughout the 90 minutes?

SA - In the second half we sat in and took the pressure Cardiff put on us which we knew they would. We countered brilliantly and created more chances, particularly with Kevin Nolan's header. Right at the end, Nicky Maynard crossed too, if only someone had been there.

Everybody, inducing the subs, played their part. We are half way there and we can enjoy tonight. We have to start focusing on doing the job on Monday. We are going to win the game and not sit back and protect out lead. We need to deliver the type of performance we gave at home against Brighton and Hull City. If we can deliver that then hopefully we can deliver another win.

What did you make of Jack Collison's match-winning performance?

SA - Jack likes playing in Cardiff. He has played there a few times with Wales. I had a lot of players to select from today and my thoughts kept casting back to the Leicester performance and I couldn't see past changing anybody from that to be honest. They had provided an even better perfomance than they did against Leicester.

We will get the lads ready for Monday and try and get the right level of performance again then.